Two very different articles on the US deficit reduction compromise caught my attention today: One is by George Monbiot,  English writer and journalist for The Guardian, titled How the Billionaires Broke the System. A very simple, striking quote: 'There are two ways of cutting a deficit: raising taxes or reducing spending. Raising taxes means taking money from the rich. Cutting spending means taking money from the poor.[...] So the rich, in a nominal democracy, have a struggle on their hands. Somehow they must persuade the other 99% to vote against their own interests: to shrink the state, supporting spending cuts rather than tax rises. In the US they appear to be succeeding.'

The other one, an open letter to Obama, by Chuck Wendig, US novelist, screenwriter and game designer and host of of terribleminds, a literary journal, and is titled On the subject of 'compromise' -- Time to talk about the debt ceiling deal. He compares the GOP to an 'orange-skinned weepy homunculus' who 'has taken the village children hostage', and who demands 'a bus full of strippers and cheeseburgers' so as not to eat the children. And then, 'We get the monster the bus full of strippers and cheeseburgers and he takes them and eats the children anyway. And then we say, “Thank the gods for such a glorious compromise.” And then we shake hands with the monster live on TV as he vomits up the bones of our young, and everybody has a good laugh. See, I don’t think that’s a real good compromise.'
Both of them are highly recommended reads - and if you have half an hour to watch, then you might also want to watch the video of yesterday's AlJazeera broadcast Fault Lines: The Top 1%, giving some more background facts and figures on how the richest 1% have US politicians by the balls.

PS - A couple of people and I were talking today about the missing search function for Google+ profiles and posts which I had already blogged about a little while ago. One thing led to another and suddenly I found myself sitting at the kitchen table, singing another song - with new demands. I hope that Google will realize this feature as quickly as they did with the iPhone app, which arrived only days after I sang this.

There's still so much stuff to do, Google. Better get going.

1 comment:

  1. Both articles got it right as I see it. And I think you have a new career in the making......singer/songwriter.